Sunday, 26 June 2016

Gill passes on the Cleethorpes Festival baton..

Gill receiving the Jazz Yorkshire Jazz promoter award 2011

Gill Wilde is stepping down from running the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival after eight years at the helm. She announced this at the end of another successful Cleethorpes Jazz festival that finished on Sunday. Under her guidance the festival has developed a deserved reputation for promoting high quality accessible jazz from top British jazz players. "My biggest thrill has is where people have come up to me at the end and said they'd liked everything!" Says Gill

Gill has also encouraged local bands and special commissions. This year for example the North East Lincolnshire Jazz orchestra and the young musicians of Sound Departure both played sets, and the finale of the festival was the premiere of "The Grimsby Fish Tail - A Port in a Storm" written by Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy with readings from local poet Josie Gray.

Gill will be handing the festival over to Charlotte Bowen, Director of Arts organisation "The Culture House" in Grimsby so it sounds like it will be in good hands. Gill will continue to run the Grimsby Jazz Club which runs monthly gigs throughout the year

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival 22-24 July

Remi Harris Fri 22 July

This July sees the second HJGS Jazz Guitar Festival. A three day celebration of jazz guitar, the festival was a mixture of free concerts, ticketed events and workshops, all held at the Rat and Ratchet in Huddersfield.

This year the festival has some themes covering a wide range of jazz guitar styles. Friday is very much a Gypsy jazz night with two of the U.Ks  leading exponents. Saturday is a celebration of the great Charlie Christian while Sunday sees a leaning towards the Organ trios. In addition to all this there are free concerts throughout the day, workshops, jam sessions, raffles and competitions.

Friday 22 July 

8:30 Remi Harris, Caley Groves and Paul Baxter (bass)
9:30 Gary Potter and Paul Baxter (bass)
Gypsy Jazz is fiery acoustic guitar music which has remained popular since the days of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the 1930’s. Britain’s two leading exponents are Gary Potter and Remi Harris and its a real treat to have them on the same bill.
Cost: £14 (£11 HJGS members)

Saturday 23 July
8:30 The Charlie Christian Collective
‘The Charlie Christian Collective’ are a guitar ensemble lead by Darren Dutson Bromley who perform specially arranged pieces associated with Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman.

9:30 Alan Barnes (clarinet) Sam Dunn, Jamie Taylor, Dave Turner (bass) 
Alan Barnes is a virtuoso clarinet player who is able to play tunes associated with the swing era. This evening sees him matched with the guitar duo of Sam Dunn and Jamie Taylor and double bass player Dave Turner. The quartet will perform pieces made famous by the Benny Goodman featuring Charlie Christian.
Cost: £14 (£11 HJGS members)

Sunday 24 July 
Soho Nights is the tribute to the great jazz and organ groups of the 60s.

8:30 Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook
Beginning with Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook, a tribute to George Benson’s early period when he played with organists Jack McDuff and Lonnie Smith. Adrian along with Jez Platt on organ and Paul Smith on drums will be recreating tracks from Benson’s Cookbook, New Boss Guitar and Up Town albums. Expect fast fiery blues and bebop to the highest order.

9:30 Terry Smith, Paul Baxter (bass) and Paul Smith (drums) 
Terry Smith is one of the UK’s best guitarists. Twice winner of the Melody Maker Music Polls, Terry Smith spent the early 1960s playing with the Tony Lee Trio, before becoming Scott Walker’s musical director and accompanying The Walker Brothers on their Japan tour in 1968. Returning to the UK, he recorded a solo album, Fall Out (1968), and appeared with Morrissey on Brother Jack McDuff’s Blue Note recording To Seek a New Home (1970).

Cost: £14 (HJGS members)

More details and tickets

Venue: Rat and Ratchet, 40 Chapel Hill, Huddersfield Road, Huddersfield HD1 3EB

Summer jazz harvest at Cullingworth

Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden (6 July)

Many Jazz clubs finish over the summer - I'm glad to say that the Cullingworth club in West Yorkshire isn't one of them. Drummer Dave Lee continues to programme the best from the region at this friendly venue right through the silly season!

Here's the events listings for the coming month. 9pm start, free with raffle contribution.

29 June Michaela Smith (vocals) with Jack Chandler (sax) Martin Longhawn (keys) Tom Maddison (bass) Dave Lee (drums)

6 July Julie Edwards (vocals) with Jason Scott (keys) Kevin Dearden (bass) Dave Lee (drums)

13 July Rebecca Frodsham (vocals) with Mark Dungworth (sax) Mike Conliffe (keys) Roz McDonald (bass) Dave Lee (drums)

20 July Jenny Smith (vocals) with Will Howard (sax) Jon Chamberlain (keys) Sam Jackson (bass) Dave Lee (drums)

27 July Sue Fisher (vocals) with Steve Devine (sax) Paul Conway (keys) Tom Maddison (bass) Dave Lee (drums)

21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Digby Fairweather returns to Marsden

Jazz trumpeter Digby Fairweather will be returning to Marsden this October to perform his only 2016 show with bluesman Paul Jones at the 25th Marsden Jazz Festival 7-9 October 2016

Here's the headliners announced so far!

Digby Fairweather & Paul Jones: Rocking in Rhythm ■ Ben Crosland Quartet: Tribute to Jaco Pastorius ■ The Swing Commanders ■ Fraser Fifield & Graeme Stephen ■ Dave Kane ■ Nérija ■ Anton Hunter Trio ■ Eskelin, Bourne & Sharkey ■ Jazz Jamaica ■ Abstract Orchestra ■ Trifolia ■ The Impossible Gentlemen

More details can be found

Sax appeal at Scarborough!

Trish Clowes

The UK can boast many jazz saxophone stars- and many of them will be playing at this year's Scarborough Jazz Festival.  Alan Barnes (also festival compere) and Dave O’Higgins, both stunning musicians, will lead five front-line saxes and a rhythm section.  London born Benn Clatworthy, now based in Los Angeles, brings his quartet and James Griffiths has said: “Like Sonny Rollins he is harmonically adventurous, and is capable of playing at speeds that recall Charlie Parker.”

Trish Clowes, whose picture features on the festival posters and programmes, will play with Gareth Williams, one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists.  Jamie Cullum said of her: “This is British jazz at its best […] I suggest you go and see her now before it’s difficult to get in the room.  I assure you she is great talent.”

Nathaniel Facey, a BBC Jazz Awards rising star nominee, will play the music of Charlie Parker in a six-piece band project linking big screen shots from the forties and some fabulous singing from Vimala Rowe.

Finally Australian saxophonist Brandon Allen, who brings a six-piece to the festival, is based in the UK and hosts a late night session at Ronnie Scott’s. He has played with many great stars including Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Kyle Eastwood and Stan Tracey.

The festival takes place on 23-25 September at Scarborough Spa. Tickets are priced at £90 for the weekend, with day and sessions tickets also available.
ickets are available from or the Scarborough Spa Box Office (01723 821888).

Friday, 10 June 2016

A very special finale at Darlington

NYJO at Darlington 4 July

Darlington Jazz Club is fast approaching the end of our fourth season. We have a couple of sessions left on Sundays at The Quaker House, Mechanic Yard, Darlington. 6pm start

June 12th Rick Laughlin Trio £5 OTD
Rick Laughlin – Piano,  Bruce Rollo – Double Bass and Ian Wynd – Drums.

June 26th Dean Stockdale Trio £5 OTD
Dean Stockdale – Piano, Mick Shoulder – Double Bass and Adam Sinclair – Drums

The special finale of this Season will take place on Monday 4th July in The Central Hall, Dolphin Centre where we welcome the fantastic National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). The world famous National Youth Jazz Orchestra has been showcasing the country’s most talented young jazz musicians for over 50 years. From a swinging rhythm section to incredibly talented soloists, this is a great opportunity to see the band in the North East. Many of the UK’s most prolific jazz musicians have performed with NYJO, often becoming established stars whilst playing with the band. Alumni include Guy Barker, Dennis Rollins and Amy Winehouse to name just a few. The band tours regularly at venues in the UK, as well as in Europe, US, Australia and New Zealand.  Durham County Youth Big Band will play in support. Doors are 6:45 with music from about 7pm

Tickets available from Dolphin Centre on 01325 388406 or online at www.TicketSource £10 (Young musicians £8) for family tickets contact

Friday, 3 June 2016

Todd Gordon sings Tony Bennett at Wigan Jazz

From Alan White at Wigan Jazz Club

For the final concert of our 2015-16 Season, we are delighted to welcome the renowned Scottish vocalist Todd Gordon on 26 June. Todd has established a reputation as one of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook, earning praise from critics, other musicians and writers. At last year's Edinburgh International Festival Fringe he played a marathon 24 nights! David Jones of the London jazz Festival wrote that “Todd strips away all the cabaret and show biz veneer and gets to the very heart of the lyrics of the American Songbook” .

Todd's current show, which he will be presenting at Wigan, is entitled "Going Gaga Over Tony - Todd Gordon sings Tony Bennett". His interpretation of songs associated with Tony Bennett is sure to appeal to an audience wider than pure jazz fans, and non-members are most welcome.

The venue is Whelley Ex-Servicemen's Club in Vauxhall Road, Wigan, WN1 3LU. Doors open at 11.30am for a 12.30pm start, The bar will be open and hot drinks, sandwiches and cakes on sale. Admission is £11 for non-members, £10.50 for concessions and £10 for members - pay on the door. Full details of this and all of our concerts can be found at .

This year Wigan Jazz Club are playing a key roll in organising the Wigan International Jazz Festival - now in its 31st year. We believe that this year's programme is outstanding - including artists of the calibre of Georgie Fame, Guy Barker Big Band, Eric Marienthal, the Big Chris Barber Band, Andy Prior, SK2 Jazz Orchestra and the N.A.T.O. Jazz Orchestra, The Festival runs from July 7th - 10th at the Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre. Tickets are now on sale and full details are on the website above. We are working hard to ensure that the Festival continues in future years - why not make the trip to Wigan and play your part!

Huddersfield Jazz Sunday afternoon special

From Huddersfield Jazz

SPECIAL SUNDAY EVENT - The Nicola Farnon Trio (Sunday 19 June 2-4pm)
Come join us for our exciting new Sunday event to be held in Cafe Society in the centre of Huddersfield.

Nicola is widely recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK.
Her sparkling vocals and accomplished double bass playing have seen her quintet make a memorable appearance on Radio 3’s Jazz Line up with her sparkling trio and quartet appearing regularly at many festivals including Glastonbury, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Marlborough and Liverpool.

Nicola will be joined on stage alongside Piero Tucci on Piano & Saxophone and Phil Johnson on Drums.

Cafe Society 15 Byram St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 1DR 01484 533999

Thursday, 2 June 2016

"Take Five" concerts @Seven Jazz Leeds

Michelson Morley @Seven Arts 12 June

Hi jazz supporters!

Our Seven Jazz "Take Five" concerts in June start this Sunday June 5th with a new Leeds band:

Will Powell/Ben Powling quartet
Seven Jazz@Inkwell
Sunday afternoon June 5 1.30-4pm, £7/5 conc
Ben Powling (sax) Will Powell (gtr) with Sam Jackson (bass) and Luke Reddin-Williams (drums)
Exciting new band from Leeds featuring Seven Jazz's Will Powell on guitar and young saxman/jazz club organiser Ben Powling playing tunes of Will and Ben's, plus some tunes by Wayne Shorter, Jim Hall and John Scofield, with influences from electric-era Miles to contemporary bands like Polar Bear, Partisans and Troyka. Some have a more alternative-rock influence/sound, and some will be slightly 'out there' - as per Will's, Ben's, Sam's and Luke's tastes.

Seven Jazz@Seven Arts
Sunday afternoon 12 June, 1.30- 4pm £10/8 conc
Jake McMurchie sax, Dan Messore on guitar, Will Harris on bass, Mark Whitlam on drums 
In a rare Leeds appearance, Bristolian jazz electro-minimalism pioneers Michelson Morley featuring "Get the Blessing" saxman Jake McMuchie play @Seven Arts in advance of their upcoming album release on Babel label 'Strange Courage'. Melodic,atmospheric, minimalist music. Perhaps the most original and exciting new UK jazz bands of 2016!

Kathy Dyson with Al Morrison's trio 
Seven Jazz@ Inkwell
Sunday afternoon 19 June 1.30-4pm, £7/5 conc
Kathy Dyson guitar, Al Morrison guitar, Ben Crosland bass and Caroline Boaden drums
Change of plan as Deirdre Cartwright who was originally scheduled is now unavailable but we're more than happy to welcome Deidre's long time musical collaborator and fellow guitarist Kathy Dyson to play instead. Accompanying Kathy will be York guitarist Al Morrison's trio for a joyful set of jazz standards and originals.

James Robinson Quintet play the music of Ronnie Bottomley
Seven Jazz@SevenArts
Sunday afternoon 26 June,, £10/8 conc
Joel Purnell (tenor), Ian Chalk (trumpet), Graham Hearn (piano), Richard Hammond (bass), James Robinson (drums) and Ronnie Bottomley (MD)
Leeds drummer James Robinson and this all-star band interprets the small band jazz pad of Leeds legendary band leader Ronnie Bottomley.

John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe 
Thursday evening 30 June Doors open 7.30pm £16/14 conc
Legendary English guitarist brings sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe to Seven Arts for an evening of passion and soul. John will play some of his celebrated solo set and then be joined by Vimala for an intimate guitar /vocal duo, featuring repertoire drawn from sources across the world.
"Awesome authority whenever he touches a guitar" - The Guardian
"National Treasure" - Birmingham Post
Support from: Tessa Smith directing the Jazz Voices Choir 8.00pm

Our Venues:
Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.
Inkwell: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub)

Tickets on the door or online:

Gigs from Jazz North East (the club!) in June

It's easy to get confused between the jazz promoter Jazz North East and the regional posts we get from Russell Corbett which are about all the jazz events in the north east. This listing is for the promoter Jazz North East who programme at various venues in Newcastle - the Black Swan Bar, Cluny, the Jazz Cafe and Bridge Hotel.

Anyway in June they've got some top jazz/improv music with Raymond MacDonald and "Baby" Sommer (5 June) Sue Ferris Quartet/Ruth Lambert Trio (12 June) Sue Richardson (24 June) and Tim Richards Hextet (28 June). Track them down!

York Jazz book launch and gig highlights in June

John Marley writes

Jazz Worlds/World Jazz book launch at "The Inkwell" shop in York. Music from the Cornelius Corkery trio 

Thu, Jun 16 @ 3:00 PM — 4:30 PM
The Inkwell, Gillygate, York, North Yorkshire, UK

On 16th June, Jazz In York will be hosting a book launch at The Inkwell on Gillygate. The book entitled 'Jazz Worlds/World Jazz' looks at the journey of jazz music around the globe, far from its country of origin. You can read more about the book here - 

Speakers at the event will be the authors Philip V. Bohlman & Goffredo Plastino as well as York University Lecturer Jonathan Eato. Some live music will be provided by the Cornelius Corkery Trio. The event is free entry so please come along and join in the launch of this excellent book. For those not familiar with The Inkwell, it is one of those shops that makes York so great. Packed full of cool records, books, magazines & pop culture, it's a music lovers paradise!

Jazz Highlights in York in June

Vula Veil at The National Centre For Early Music - 5th June.
Quercus feat. June Tabor are at The National Centre For Early Music - 17th June. 
Clare Teal and Her Trio Celebrate Doris Day are at York Theatre Royal - 18th June.
Ian Shaw & Liane Carroll are at The National Centre For Early Music - 19th June. 
Snake Davis with The DB Big Band are at Haxby Memorial Hall - 26th June.

Weekly Gigs in York

Mondays - Jazz at The Phoenix Inn, George Street - 8.30pm (Kate Peters Quartet 1st & 3rd/Croft Mullen Band 2nd).
Wednesdays - Jazz Jam at The Phoenix Inn, George Street - 8.30pm (Weekly) Wednesday - Arts Barge Gypsy Jazz Jam at The Victoria Vaults, Nunnery Lane - 8.30pm (Fortnightly).
Thursdays - Jazz at The Eagle & Child, High Petergate - 8.30pm (Weekly)
Fridays - Karl Mullen at The Phoenix Inn, George Street - 8.30pm (Weekly)
Sundays - Jazz at Kennedy's Bar, Little Stonegate - 1pm (Weekly) Sunday - Jazz at The Phoenix Inn, George Street - 8pm (Weekly) Sunday - Late Night Jazz at Sotano, Little Stonegate - 9.30pm (Weekly)

Russell Corbett's jazz list for June - dates and venues

 Lonnie Liston Smith Hoochie Coochie Newcastle June 4 

North East gigs – June 2016
All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise
* lunchtime/afternoon

Jun 2 Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 2 Lickety Split Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Jun 3 Sue Ferris Quintet Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Jun 3 JV Quartet Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 4 New Century Ragtime Orchestra* St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG
Jun 4 Ruth Lambert & Alan Law Vermont Hotel NE1
Jun 4 James Taylor Quartet Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Jun 4 Lonnie Liston Smith Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Jun 5 Raymond MacDonald & Gunther ‘Baby’ Sommer Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Jun 9 Riviera Quartet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jun 10 ‘Frankly Sinatra’ Sunderland Empire SR1 3EX
Jun 10 Mark Toomey-Lewis Watson Quintet Jazz Café Ne1 5DW
Jun10 Nick Pride & the Pimptones Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Jun 10 Voodoo Love Orchestra ¡Vamos! Social NE1 6BH
Jun 11 Baghdaddies* Northumberland Miners’ Picnic, Ashington NE63 9YF
Jun 11 Ruth Lambert & Dean Stockdale Vermont Hotel NE1
Jun 12 Rick Laughlin Trio Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Jun 12 Sue Ferris Quartet + Ruth Lambert Trio Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Jun 14 Dominic J Marshall Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 15 Ian Shaw & the Theory of Joy Trio Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Jun 16 Alice Grace Quartet Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Jun 17 Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Jun 17 Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra Maltings Theatre, Berwick TD1AJ
Jun 17 Gala Big Band + Early Bird Band St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL5 9DN
Jun 17 Noel Dennis Quintet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Jun 17 Durham University Big Band Dunelm House, Durham DH1 3AN
Jun 17 In/Out Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 18 Tyne Valley Big Band* Tynedale Beer Festival NE45 5AY
Jun 18 Alter Ego Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jun 19 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band* Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Jun 19 Alice Grace Quintet Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Jun 21 George Benson Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Jun 24 James Birkett & Bradley Johnston* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Jun 24 ‘Frankly Sinatra’ Empire Theatre, Consett DH8 5AB
Jun 24 Customs House Big Band Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH
Jun 24 Sue Richardson Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 25 Havana Club 5 Bar Loco NE1 4PG
Jun 26 Dean Stockdale Trio Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Jun 28 Tim Richards Hextet Black Swan NE1 1SG

Russell Corbett's north east Jazz round up for June

Tim Richards 28 June Black Swan

American icons – living and long gone – visit the north east during June. George Benson plays Sage Gateshead June 21. Tickets sold out months ago, so, it’s a case of checking on the night for returns. Hoochie Coochie on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle welcomes Lonnie Liston Smith (June 4) and Stephen Triffitt plays two Frankly Sinatra theatre concerts – Sunderland Empire (10) and the Empire Theatre, Consett (24) – with his big band singing the best of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Triffitt puts on a great show and those with a grasp of jazz and its influence across popular music will enjoy the trip.

The New Century Ragtime Orchestra is the project of jazz authority, arranger and band leader Dave Kerr. From ragtime to 1930s swing, Kerr unearths, transcribes and arranges a pad of tunes to be played by a hand picked ensemble. The next gig in the diary is a lunch-time engagement at St Augustine’s Parish Centre in Darlington, June 4. In the far north of the region Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra is on a similar mission to document and simply enjoy the jazz of the early twentieth century. The band’s next concert is at the Maltings Theatre in Berwick upon Tweed, June 17.

Jazz and politics, and jazz and beer, as somebody probably never said: Go together like a horse and carriage. The Baghdaddies fuse jazz, Balkan, klezmer and myriad other genre in an always enjoyable performance. They are playing a set at this year’s Northumberland Miners’ Picnic (11) amidst the annual trades union festivities at Woodhorn, Ashington. In leafy Corbridge (18) its jazz and beer at the annual Tynedale Beer Festival. It’s three days of bacchanalian delight, culminating on Saturday afternoon with a set by the Tyne Valley Big Band.

Who said big bands are dead? Don’t believe it! Several ensembles gig regularly at venues across the region. The standard is exceptionally high and June’s big band outings include; Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea (2) at the Jazz Café. A Hammond-led eight piece outfit (a small big band!) Richardson’s band is as good as any, and comes highly recommended. A double bill at St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook (17) features Durham’s Gala Big Band and the Early Bird Band. On the same evening at Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union) the award winning Durham University Big Band will go out in style at an end of term party and Michael Lamb’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band will play a late Sunday afternoon gig at Hoochie Coochie (19) to an anticipated full house. The Customs House Big Band (Peter Morgan, MD) will similarly play to a large gathering at Ushaw College (24).

Small group jazz can be found around every corner; Birmingham Conservatoire graduate Jakub Valicek brings his JV Quartet to the Jazz Café (3), there is a Jazz North East gig at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle (5) which promises to be one of the year’s highlights with Raymond MacDonald and Gunther ‘Baby’ Sommer playing a duo set and Dominic J Marshall visits the Jazz Café (14) in the company of the two Sams – Sam Vicary (bass) and drummer Sam Gardner. The In/Out Trio will be at the Pink Lane venue three days later (17) and the following week (24) trumpeter Sue Richardson presents her Too Cool Chet Baker show. Tim Richards comes to Tyneside for the first time in over ten years to play the Black Swan, Newcastle (28) with his Hextet. And finally, the Jazz Café on June 10 is the place to be – the Mark Toomey-Lewis Watson Quintet will be in town.
Russell Corbett

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Weave at Bradford JATP

From Martin Powell at Bradford JATP

03 June 2016 - The Weave at Bradford JATP

 JATPjazz’s Glyde House inaugurating band, The WEAVE brought peace to our troubles with a thrilling show of highly refreshing jazz of West Coast ‘Cool’, Hard Bop and New Orleans flavours sautéed in exquisite Liverpudlian musicality and humour . Now they're back! STORMING!!

Martin Smith, Tony Peers - trumpet, Tony Ormisher - guitar, Rob Stringer - piano,
Hugo Harrison - double bass, Tilo Purnbaum- drums

JATPjazz, at Glyde House, Bradford BD5 0BQ (tel 01274 271114 or 01274 543547)

Cherie Gears and Matt Ball at Undercliffe

Ken Butler writes

Cherie Gears, a Leeds based singer has at the tender age of 26 sung at over 1000 gigs around the UK. She has performed at The Royal Albert Hall and The NEC Birmingham among many other prestigious venues and has also been featured on The South Bank Show, two separate solo appearances on BBC’s Songs of Praise and performed at Rowan Atkinson’s birthday party with The Cherie Gears Jazz Quintet.

Cherie loves to perform in a range of genres and fuses jazz, reggae and soul to create her unique style. She is constantly writing and arranging music on her own and in a group environment. Cherie’s originals band Lazybaby released single ‘Good Girl’ in 2008 and have a large online following. Her interest is to get involved in as many musical opportunities as possible which challenge her vocal, composition and performance skills. Her most recent session work included recording the vocals for a television advert for company Mazuma MobilE.

Matt Ball  performed at jazz venues such as Ronnie Scotts (London and Birmingham), Pizza Express (Music Room, Maidstone), The Sands (Gainsborough) and Wakefield Jazz Club (West Yorkshire). He has also performed at prestigious venues such as Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Clyde Auditorium (Glasgow), St. David’s Hall (Cardiff) and Hammersmith Apollo (London).

Matthew’s Quintet, influenced by groups such as Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, were featured as one of Jazz Yorkshire’s showcase bands 2006, with performances at Scarborough Jazz Festival, The Wardrobe and a Live Lounge session for BBC radio. The Quintet also performed at Wigan International Jazz Festival 2007.

Admission is free, and drinks are reasonably priced with a different guest beer every week. There is
ample car parking space which is overseen by CCTV.

Come and enjoy a relaxing evening of blues and jazz

Ken Butler 01274 611830

Undercliffe Cricket Club
Intake Road,
Tel. 01274 637162

All day charity gig in Winsford

Dave Atherton from Jazz in Davenham writes

For our last gig for this season we have decided to do as a charity gig, at Be Dees music bar in Winsford. It's for SUNDAY 19th June 3 pm to 8 pm

To start the fantastic blues / jazz / rock guitar of TRISH WATT followed by BUGALU FOUNDATION

This is all in aid of the local St Luke's Hospice where ALL the money will go.

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon / evening with a very exciting band. De Bees has an indoor and outdoor space.

Dave (01606 44253)

De Bees Music Bar, 19 Market Place, Winsford, CW7 3, United Kingdom

Swing into the Summer at Wilmslow..

Martin Speake June 28th
From Graham Brook - Here's our summer line up for Wilmslow Jazz and Swing club.
June 7th:- AMY ROBERTS and JOHN HALLAM (both reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio

June 14th:- GILAD ATZMON (reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio

June 21st:- LUCY-MAE and LUC (vocals/guitar) with DAVE BROWNING (trumpet) and the TOM KINCAID trio

June 28th:- MARTIN SPEAKE (reeds) and FAITH BRACKENBURY (vocals/violin) with the VINNIE PARKER trio

July 5th:- JOHN PATRICK (keyboard) with DAVE BROWNING (trumpet), PETER ROBINSON (bass )JOHNNY HUNTER (drums) 
Tuesday Jazz and Swing at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG 8.30pm £7 (01625) 528336 

Hippocampus at Dove Jazz

Dove Jazz Club are extremely pleased and privileged to host the only appearance up North for the Hippocampus Jass Gang from Montpellier, France, on Saturday June 18th, 8.00pm - 11.00pm.

The Hippocampus Jass Gang’s musical repertoire is intense, generous and undeniably original while also remaining faithful to traditional jazz. The sextet draws inspiration especially from the hot jazz of the 1920's, which the band revives with its original arrangements, mixing the spontaneous energy of improvisation with the subtlety of carefully scripted music. The unique orchestration — typical of the old-time string bands, combined with the male vocal quartet’s singing, convey an incomparable charm to the band’s musical identity.

The band has built and strengthened its artistic and relational cohesion since 2008 through hundreds of concerts, both on stage and in acoustic sessions . But it is definitely in the streets of downtown Montpellier, where “the Gang” was originally born and where they still like to perform, that the band took to sharing enthusiastically their love of this music, which continues to appeal to a very broad audience of all ages and backgrounds.

They are all professional musicians and play in different bands in Montpellier. Jazz is a very popular music in the town, and many young musicians play this kind of music, from New Orleans to Swing, attracting lots of young Lindy-hop and Charleston dancers. Most of the Gang have visited New Orleans in the past, to get inspiration by playing in the streets there with the local musicians.

Tickets/enquiries to Roger on 01298-814722 or Barry on 07833-890928.

This concert is followed fairly soon by our Anniversary 25th Beer & Jazz Festival over the weekend of July 1st - 3rd. For full details, call the numbers shown or visit our website at 

Dove Jazz, Dove Holes Village, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8BG

Music, photographs, and stories from Liverpooljazz

Martin Smith

From Michael Swerdlow at Liverpooljazz

 The Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool, in conjunction with the Open Eye Gallery and Liverpooljazz, is proud to host a public talk and informal exhibition from the ongoing "Music, Photographs, and Stories from the Archives" project.

Running from 12 noon until 3pm on Saturday June 18, the event includes an exhibition of items from two of Liverpool's hidden archives, the Institute's Popular Music Archive and the Open Eye Gallery archive, selected and curated by project participants. Live jazz from Liverpool's Martin Smith Quartet will soundtrack the afternoon, and the event will close with a public discussion on the meaning of music, photography and materiality in the digital era. All welcome.  The event is free however booking is required. To reserve your place please email

For more contact:

Venue: The Open Eye Gallery
Address: 19 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP
Phone: 0151 236 6768

15 good reasons to come to Cleethorpes Jazz Festival!

There are at least 15 good reasons to come to this year’s Cleethorpes Jazz Festival. Three days of exciting jazz, featuring British and International artists. The international flavour of Australia’s first lady of jazz, vocalist Janet Seidel with her trio, starts the weekend and contrasts with another trio, Vein, from Switzerland. The range of music will make it a “Wonderful, musically enthralling festival”, all for an earlybird price of £75. 
The highlight will be the commission, by Grimsby Jazz, of new original music reflecting on the fishing heritage of Great Grimsby, led by composer Alan Barnes. Composed by Alan Barnes with Pat McCarthy, and infused with poetry by Josie Gray “A Grimsby Fish Tale”, is a story paying tribute to our country’s fishing heritage in jazz and poetry. With Alan will be Gilad Atzmon and Dean Masser on sax, Neil Yates trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Pat McCarthy guitar and Dave Green and John Perry on Bass and drums.
Each of the three days ends with a cracking headline act.  On Friday 24th June The Matt Skelton Allstars Septet playing Basie and Ellington, Saturday 25th June sees The Lowest Common Demoninator, a top drawer quintet fronted by festival favourites, sax giants Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes, and closing the festival on Sunday 26th June will be the highlight of the weekend, the premiere of “A Grimsby Fish Tale” (Any Port in a Storm). 
And those are just the headline acts.  In between will be a weekend full to overflowing with talent. Jam experiment, Pat McCarthy, Man Overboard, star of the vibes Roger Beaujolais and The Liz Fletcher Quintet on Saturday. On Sunday we have the excellent Doncaster Youth Orchestra, Sue Richardson playing Chet Baker, Mark Nightingale’s pianoless Quartet and, to even things up, two of the best performers on piano you could wish to see in Dave Newton, playing solo, and the vocalist Liane Carroll.

24th, 25th & 26th June 2016 at McCormacks Bar, Kings Road, Cleethorpes DN35 0PL
Tickets: Weekend £85 Day £36 Afternoon £21 Evening £27 available from Gill on 01472 873730 or or Off the Beaten Track Louth: 01507 607677

Dennis Rollins slides in to Grimsby Jazz

On Wednesday 8th June, 2016 GrimsbyJazz has the  Dennis Rollins with the Pat McCarthy Band 

Jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins is a joyful performer with a silky smooth sound and a flawless technique. He shifts effortlessly from funk to be-bop, but always maintains an infectious drive and melodic line. With Pat McCarthy on guitar, Ken Marley bass and John Perry on drums. At the Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS 

Ticket  £12/ £14 Students half price
Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm
Tel: 01472 873730 /

Later the same month 24th, 25th & 26th June 2016 is Cleethorpes Jazz Festival (see separate post..)

Lickety Split over to Durham!

2 June Lickety Split

Working in association with the Jazz Co-Op in Newcastle The Jazz Sessions at Durham's Empty shop continue in June on Thursdays.

Thursday 2 June Lickety Split
Lickety Split are an eight piece band, featuring a four piece brass section,playing the best of west coast jazz.

Trombone -Eddie Bellis.
Trumpet -Kev Elland.
Alto sax – Alan Marshall.
Tenor sax – Paul Gowland.
Drums- Paul White.
Bass- Alan Rudd.
Guitar – Roy Willis.
Piano – t.b.c.

Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

Thursday 16 June Alice Grace Quartet
Alice Grace is a young British jazz singer who’s career began touring with established UK jazz big band The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and singing with the James Pearson Trio at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, before landing a place to continue her musical education at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Alice now lives in Newcastle. With a new jazz quartet, she is blending into the North East jazz scene, performing music from her early years combined with a more contemporary selection. Alice’s experiences have heavily influenced her live performance, turning an academic jazz musician into a respected and international artist.

Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

We encourage anyone with an interest in live jazz, or an ear for discovery to come along and support these events and please, spread the word!

Venue: Empty Shop
35c Framwellgate Bridge Durham DH14SZ

Lazy summer days at Scarborough

Mark Chandler and the "Bobby Shew Project" June 29

From Mike Gordon: exciting line up of bands to tempt you over to Scarborough this summer - bring the bucket and spade too!

1: Ingrid Jensen Quartet
Hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation, Ingrid Jensen has worked in New York for over 20 years playing with GRAMMY award winning ensembles. The quartet features three exceptional UK musicians - Jez Franks, guitar, Andy Champion, bass and Tim Giles, drums. The Quartet is part of a NORVOL Funded Tour. £8 (£7 in advance).

8: Roan Kearsey-Lawson
A superb vibraphone player, Roan’s playing is packed with energy, visually stunning on fast numbers
and with mesmerising intrigue on slow ones, playing a mix of swing and latin standards. He has a dry sense of humour too. With Alastair Lawrence, piano, Paul Baxter, bass and Tom Townsend, drums. £6.

15: Players’ Night 
Variety! Talent! Surprises! This is what you can expect on Players’ night. Anyone who frequents Scarborough Jazz and would like to play some jazz is welcome to perform, and the resident trio will be happy to provide backing if required. Please contact Mike Gordon (01723 379818) if you would like to take part. It’s a fun night. £4.

22 Will Powell
Will Powell is a popular Leeds based guitarist and bandleader whose melodic improvising was much in evidence when he played with singer Liane Carroll at Seven Jazz last year. Backed by MG3. £4.

29 Mark Chandler and the "Bobby Shew Project"
Flugelhorn and trumpet player Mark has played with some of the biggest names in jazz and show business in a 40 year career. The night will feature Mark’s transcriptions of the boporiented album of jazz standards ‘Heavyweights’ by Bobby Shew and Carl Fontana. With Kevin Holbrough, trombone, Jamil Sheriff, piano, Paul Baxter, bass and Dave Walsh, drums. £7 (£6 in advance).

6 Ben Lowman
Returning after his first appearance at the club, Ben plays tenor sax, flute and clarinet as well as composing and arranging. A graduate of Leeds College of Music with first class honours, Ben has full, warm tone to match his creative skills. With MG3. £4.

13 Thom Whitworth 
A return visit has the double pleasure of hearing Tom’s imaginative improvising on trumpet - a tone and fluency reminiscent of Clifford Brown and Chet Baker - and guitar, with influences of Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery. With MG3. £4.

20 Simon Beddoe
Trumpet and flugelhorn player inspired by Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd, Simon
is at the forefront of some of the UK’s most innovative music including Submotion Orchestra, a  band combining percussive electronica, jazz and soul. MG3. £4.

27 Katie Rogerson
Originally Leeds based, jazz singer Katie is also a children’s doctor who featured in the charity single by the NHS Choir which beat Justin Bieber to become the UK’s official Christmas number one for
2015. With Phil Steadman, tenor sax, Mike Gordon, piano, Steve Crocker, bass and Dom Moore,
drums. £5.

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Jazz (and a Festival!) at the Spa

Hot Fingers at the Boston Spa Festival Weekend July 16

4th – Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band – here’s a wonderful way to get the month off to a flying start with a rip roaring session of traditional jazz from the “Teds”. Always a full bore performance laced with Merseyside humour - a sparkling performance with never a dull moment!
11th – Spirit of New Orleans – and to follow a highly regarded Yorkshire based band with a delightfully relaxed, distinctive style. Excellent musicians all and led by trumpet maestro Dave Pogson, this band swings and entertains in equal measure. To a degree, its name belies the wide variety of musical styles. Not to be missed.
18th – Big Easy Swing Band - making a first appearance is this energetic group of young musicians from Leeds playing an extensive repertoire from the early days in New Orleans through to Jump Jive. This band has quickly established a first class reputation throughout the North so we anticipate an enjoyable, foot tapping session.
25th – Hot Antic Jazz Band – recommended to us and on tour in the UK, this is one of the premier French jazz bands based in Nimes. Founded in 1979 with the objective to play for fun, the band has since played all the major European and UK and USA festivals and specialises in hot jazz sounds from the 1920s onwards.  £10.

2nd – Harlem Hot Stompers – stalwarts of our annual Christmas party, we are guaranteed a rousing session of the best in traditional jazz from the Harlems. One of our longstanding favourite groups guaranteed to lift the spirits and set the feet tapping.
9th Louis Louis Louis – we had many requests for another session after last year’s first appearance by this energetic group. As the name suggests, the sounds of Armstrong, Prima and Jordan plus more. “Four part harmonies, honking horns and a driving boogie woogie-style piano.” Just the ticket for the many R & B fans amongst you.
16th Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – this week we’re joining in enthusiastically as part of the first ever Boston Spa Festival Weekend. And to show our commitment, we’ve engaged our most requested group – Hot Fingers with Emily. Led by the UK’s top banjo/guitar maestro “Spats” Langham, the group specialises in the red hot jazz of the 20s/30s. Do come along and join the festivities. £10
23rd – No Jazz
30th – Manhattan Sound with Nicki Allan – and now for something a little different. Manhattan Sound is a highly respected 16 piece Big Band based in Golcar, West Yorkshire. There’s a wide ranging repertoire of classic big band tunes and a lively and entertaining night is in store for those who enjoy the powerful drive of a big band in full flight. All this plus the acclaimed local heroine, Nicki Allan, on vocals,

Jazz in the Spa – Village Hall, High Street Boston Spa, Leeds LS23 6AA. Weekly Live Traditional/Mainstream Jazz.

Situated just off the new section of the A1(M) at Junction 45 signed Wetherby and Otley.

Thanks for your support!

Paul Smith’s Jazz Collective summer gigs

Munch Manship June 29th

From Paul Smith - the gig line up for the Head of Steam in Huddersfield

June 1st – Rod Mason (sax), Russell van den Berg (sax)
June 8th – Andy Henderson (trumpet), Andy Wallis (sax)
June 15th – Nick Svarc (guitar), Stuart Garside (trombone)
June 22nd – Tom Sharp (trumpet), Tom L’Anson (trombone)
June 29th – ‘Munch’ Manship (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar)
July 6th –  Rod Mason (sax), Sam Dunn (guitar)
July 13th – Mike Cox (sax), Trevor Vincent (trumpet)
July 20th – Mike Hall (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar)
July 27th – Mike Chandler (trumpet), Stuart McDonald (sax), Martin Longhorn (keys)

Eclectic mix of Jazz/Blues & Latin
Wednesday Head of Steam
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm
support the music with raffle participation